Today is what I am calling “Think About it Thursday”.
Are you ready to reach for your dreams? So, what do you need to do? You need to be sure you are not stuck in one place. How are you going to do it …… by not falling into one of these bad habits. Thank you Ilya Pozin.
#1 – Being a Lone Wolf. Is this an easy trap for you? Do you work well independently and in a group? What do you do to make sure you don’t isolate? To make sure I don’t fall into this, I brainstorm with other consultants (family and friends), looking for ways to play well with others (even those who push my buttons) and stretching my collaborative muscles.
#2 – Saying Sorry. Okay, so how many of you find yourself apologizing even when there is no need? I know I am not alone. I am grateful for a hubby who asks “why are you apologizing” whenever there is no need. Did you know “Saying sorry about every little thing implies you are constantly making mistakes, and can undercut your position in the office and with managers.” I am guessing it works with my family, friends, customers and my team, too.
#3 – Taking on Every Project. Do you want to take on every project? Are you ready to jump in when others share their success, figuring it worked for them so it will work for me? I have done this often, personally and professionally, so I have crashed and burned on several things because it wasn’t for me. Do you find saying the word “no” is hard? It is time to protect your time and talents remembering quality is better than quantity.
#4 – Being Negative. Are you a Negative Nellie? I am grateful my hubby quickly point out when I start the morning with a rain cloud over my head. Do you find most times when this happens, you are playing the comparison game? The “what if” with Doubtful Debbie joining the party. On the outside, I have a positive attitude rolling with the punches with Negative Nellie waiting to burst out onto the scene.
#5 – Doing Things the Way They’ve Always Been Done. I know you have heard this before – “If you do the same thing all the time, you will get the same results”. So, if you are not happy where your business is at or you are not happy with your life is – CHANGE IT! Not all changes will work, take it from one who has tried LOTS then crashed and burned. But if you don’t try, you won’t know and just maybe, you will find a new approach to life and your business.
#6 Being Disorganized. Get organized and stay organized. I admit on some days, my desk looks like a hot mess and on those days, I feel like I am spinning my wheels. Some would say getting organized (or cleaning your office) is not joy producing so it should not take up a lot of time. The truth is, if you don’t take the time to get a handle on the pile of desktop debris (or messy house), you may never build and grow in your business (or in your life). Harsh words but so true because you are constantly spinning your wheels and getting no where. Did you know “Every year, Americans spend on average nine million hours looking for things they’ve misplaced.” Imagine how much time you have spent looking for things?
What is the bad habit holding YOU back from success in your business or moving forward in your life. If you tackle these habits head-on, you might just find yourself moving on up the ladder. Share in the comments!
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!